East London is famous for lots of things. Jellied eels, pearly kings and queens, Jack the Ripper, the Rib Man. We’ve decided to take a look through our favourite born and bred east-Londoners who’ve made a name for themselves.
Arguably one of the most famous men on the planet, and guess what? He hails from the great Leytonstone. Becks’ family home even went on auction with its selling point being the connection to the star. Perhaps the real indication of his fame comes from the fact that the London Borough of Waltham Forest organised a ‘Beckham Trail’ to take tourists and sightseers around celebrated locations that had been touched by Beckham. Where do we sign up?
Carry-on and iconic EastEnders star Babs is a true born and bred east-Londoner after growing up in Shoreditch. Also, how about this for an east end fact: Barbara’s grandmother, ‘Fat Nan’, had been a chorus-line dancer – a ‘hoofer’ – at Hoxton’s Britannia Theatre. Tell that to your china plates!
Another Leytonstone treasure is movie director and producer Sir Alfred Hitchcock. The master of suspense has been commemorated by a local business and now has a hotel dedicated to him. Yes, you can stay at the Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel. Let’s just hope there isn’t a repeat performance of the shower scene…
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Angela Lansbury – the Hollywood star, and a fabulous lady with a history deeply entrenched in east London life. Her grandfather was the rebel Mayor of Poplar who went to prison in the 1920s on a principle of protecting the poor against inequitable rates. Angela Lansbury unveiled a commemorative plaque in 2011 to honour her grandfather’s life and the legacy he left behind.
He may be tiny, but Tinchy Stryder is one of the biggest urban artists to come out of Bow, which is just around the corner from East Village. Not only that, but Tinchy has been heavily involved with the Chobham Academy Artist in Residence programme which you can find out more about here.
So there you have it – our top five east-London celebs. Others that made it to the shortlist included the coolest man on the planet – Idris Elba (who is originally from Hackney), Elizabeth I who was born in Greenwich and of course how could we forget the late great Jeremy Beadle, who also grew up in Hackney.